• Oct 10, 2007
When the X3 dries up, there'll still be a BMW trucklet for the Austrian assembly and engineering firm to bolt together. BMW's MINI brand has been reportedly getting an SAV (BMW parlance for CUV) for a while now, and that prospect looks like it's inching toward reality. Affixing the MINI badge to the pumped-up Clubman (see gallery below) might create a rolling misnomer, but that's supposedly the plan. Code named "Colorado", the ruggedized and raised MINI will be equipped with AWD calibrated for traction rather than performance. We'll wait to pass judgement on the styling while hoping that it doesn't look like the fanciful rendering at right (click here to see full view). Ugly or cute, if Magna Steyr hits its target, it'll be pumping out a targeted 80,000 of these things per year, starting in 2010.
[Source: Motoring File]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      There's already a vehicle something like this. It's the Hyundai Tucson. Very similar lines and even the black cladding; however, the windows are significantly larger and more practical on the Tucson.

      There's definitely a huge market for such small efficient SUVs. When I bought my Tucson about 3 years ago, it was one of the few with a V6 and AWD. Now there are a few more, but the Mazda CX's and Acura RDX are ridiculously overpriced and inefficient. I'm failing to see the point of a $30K+ SUV with a 4 cylinder that's rated at 16mpg. And the massive center consoles in those things eat up the interior space and push the driver's legs outboard. The driver must contort his leg to simply reach the gas pedal.

      The CRV is a great size and style, but woefully underpowered. The RAV4 has a wonderful V6 and good gas mileage, but Toyota unfortunately morphed it into a station wagon. I think one of the best deals out there is the new Hyundai Santa Fe. Plenty of horsepower, and a decent size. Now if Hyundai could just fix up their interiors. The Santa Fe interior uses a mish-mash of colors and textures including silver paint and wood grain that just don't blend well. They need to lose the wood grain and then pick two primary colors and perhaps one accent.

      The new Nissan Rogue is also a nice small SUV. However, it may be slightly lacking in power with only a few more horsepower than the Honda CRV.


      Toni
      • 7 Years Ago
      i love it. It's perfect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i would expect the Noneck familys around the usa will be very happy without all the excess head room.

      nice ride though, that would sell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is horrible. Mini making not so mini cars? Whats the point? This just ruins the brand. Well I'm guessing its what it takes to stay in business, just like porsche selling SUVs and Sedans ugh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Porsche making SUVs and Sedans sucks. They should have just sold themselves to VW and become VW's "performance" brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank god a post not about Nissan and Toyota. Frankly I'm sick of refreshing the site to see Nissan and Toyota. Can't they all be rolled up into one single post? Unless you guys have been suckered into providing publicity stunt for Nissan and Toyota every hour.
      Brian
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well it just amazes me that people are so set on purchasing foreign products. I can't believe that in this day and age along with the struggling economy people would want to go buy a foreign product and add fuel to the struggling U.S. auto market. I for one will not buy foreign made vehicles no matter how much less they are compared to their U.S. counterparts. I was born an American, I was raised in America, and I live in America, which by the way produce the finest goods that this world has to offer. If foreign cars are so great why do they all want to purchase their steel to produce these "traps" from the U.S.? Because our raw materials are far superior to their raw materials. I cannot change the world in their thinking when it comes to purchasing American goods but if one extra person takes a stand to buy American it will eventually catch on and maybe just maybe our fellow American Buyers will see the light to buy American and help to strengthen our economy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Brian
        The reason, Brian, that they buy our materials is that they don't have any. Not that they are inferior. We have the raw materials. They have the labor. The reason people buy them, esp. the Japanese products because is that they are better. The German products are crap. One of the most problematic cars on the road today is the Benz, the VW,etc. Why they are right up(down) there with the domestic cars. Amazing how things change. If you prefer not to believe that just check Consumer Reports or J.D. Powers. Educate yourself. If American mfrs. produced a high quality product people would buy them. Its the most simple law of economics and its very American. Remember when you were in school. It is called supply and demand. People tell the American mfrs. they want higher quality by buying higher quality. The American mfrs. have gotten the message but they still haven't gotten there yet. By the way. All those foreign (Japanese) mfrs. build those cars here now. And they are made by Americans. Wake up and get rid of the archaic notions that your dad told you. When he told you that he was right because the American car used to be far superior. But they aren't anymore. Funny how things change. People should change with them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Brian
        ..and they are not "less" than the American counterparts. They are more. Which goes to prove the fact that quality is more important than cost to the people that buy them. Customers would wrather pay the up front premium for the peace of mind of knowing they won't be in the shop every month. I rent cars all the time and observe them first hand. A Chevy, the last time on a 2000 mile trip. When I returned a week later the transmission wouldn't advance out of 2nd gear and the ignition switch stopped working. Not my idea of quality?
      • 7 Years Ago
      We own a Chevy Colorado. Don't they get copyright name on the title Colorado?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now I know why VW didn´t come with a monster truck version for a beetle... looks ugly and kills the basic idea.
      Terry
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's amazing how everything seems to go full circle. I was in Europe 30 years ago and owned 2 Mini's. Austin and Cooper already had the one you're looking at (albeit, 30 years older!) on the roads - basically a Mini Wagon. They also had a little longer version patterned after a Woody (really) that was pretty popular. Not something new, just improved from 'way back when'. What goes around, comes around!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unbelievable. BMW is going to ruin the company.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Doogs: I agree with you. Especially considering that BMW almost always does the job properly

        Caleb: BMW save MINI from extinction!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Give me a friggin' break!

        How many times has BMW been accused of ruining the brand - either theirs or Mini's?

        - 1999 with the X5 (BMW shouldn't be building SUVs, blah blah)
        - 2002 with the Mini (b..but it's German now!)
        - 2004 with the 1-Series (BMW is diluting/cheapening the brand!)

        I still stand by the assertion that - DONE PROPERLY - a Mini-branded crossover is a fine idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my god, please tell me they're not really going to build this...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The death of the Mini brand by over extension. The concept of the SUVs and Mini brand values are not compatible. How about just fixing the X3 or creating an X1?
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